The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine and the UAB Collat School of Business have partnered to offer a dual MD/MBA degree in medicine and management to high-achieving healthcare leaders. A dual MD/MBA degree can open opportunities for physicians and lead to greater management responsibilities within their organizations.
Why a MBA?
Some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today are business related. The industry is increasingly characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity. Combining a business degree with a medical degree can help future healthcare leaders learn to manage through rapid change and traverse the uncertainties of management with flexibility. Students who choose the MD/MBA option often plan careers with both clinical and administrative responsibilities. MD/MBA holders can operate their clinics more efficiently, manage a healthcare organization, head a research project, or advocate for their patients and work to improve the healthcare system. Students successfully completing the program will understand how to use innovation and strategic thinking to solve healthcare problems. They will become fluent in the languages of medicine and business, putting them on the fast track to career advancement.
Why UAB MBA?
The UAB Collat School of Business offers a world-class business education in the heart of Alabama’s economic center and is fully accredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious accrediting agency for business education in the world. Students have unfettered access to Birmingham’s business elite, who provide real-world instruction in applying theoretical learning to actual business situations. Additionally, UAB’s MBA faculty include some of the most sought-after thought leaders in their fields, those pushing the boundaries with topical, practical research that goes beyond the “why” to also ask “what if”. The school’s location near downtown Birmingham provides endless opportunities to infuse experiential learning into the traditional classroom experience.
The dual degree is a unique offering designed specifically for busy medical professionals. Structured around the MD curricula, the dual program includes a concierge approach by sequencing and integrating the MBA requirements to fit within the medical program. As a UAB School of Medicine student, all dual degree participants will receive a wide array of added benefits, including:
- Automatic MBA course registration
- All books and materials, including procurement and delivery
- Professional Development Seminars
- Access to faculty mentors
- On-site tutoring
- Opportunities for hands-on learning
The program is an integrative, four-year degree which combines 10 business courses (30 semester hours) with the MD curricula. Students start their business classes the summer before medical school. The remaining courses are offered at key times after the second year of classes and after finishing the USMLE Step 1 exam.
Degree plans are also available for those students who decide to pursue the MBA after beginning their MD courses.
Students interested in pursuing the dual MD/MBA degree must complete an application through the UAB Graduate School’s ApplyYourself application system. This application is in addition to that completed through AMCAS. The deadline for application for summer admission will follow the graduate school’s deadline of April 22nd.
Completed application including:
- Statement of purpose
- Two references1
- Test Scores (MCAT scores can be accepted in lieu of GMAT)
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended2
1 Students may use the same references as used for AMCAS application.
2 Copies of transcripts submitted through AMCAS are sufficient for application review.
Students will meet with Collat School of Business faculty during their medical school interviews.
|Dr. Majd Zayzafoon
|Christy Manning, M.A.
Graduate Business Programs
Michael Harward, UAB MBA '14 shares his story
With an engineering degree from Duke University, Michael was interested in an MBA to help refine and develop skills that would allow him to “pursue his interest in helping an organization develop a vision and think through how to get there”.
Living in Birmingham with his wife, who was already pursuing another master's program, practically guaranteed him at least a couple of years in the Magic City. He began evaluating different options. “I decided that pursuing an MBA in person (rather than an online program) would provide a much more valuable experience,” says Michael. “Also, UAB's superior academic reputation as compared to other local peers drew me to UAB’s MBA program.”
Michael was connected to his current employer, SCA (Surgical Care Affiliates), through the MBA program and now after only 1.5 years is in a leadership position within the Financial Operations department. “The MBA program prepared me to engage with senior leadership within the company, create innovative solutions that contribute to our group's strategy, and manage my team effectively,” says Michael. “Also, I feel capable of thriving within a large company or leading as a part of a start-up. My ability to evaluate the soundness of a business plan or idea separates me from many of my peers.”
How was Michael’s experience in UAB’s MBA program?
“The program does an extraordinary job connecting students to the current business environment,” says Michael. “The latest trends, developments, and events of today's business world were almost constantly discussed in the classroom. Plus, the program provided excellent networking opportunities.”
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